James McCarthy always seemed to be a very Sam Allardyce type of player. The powerful central midfielder coming back into the team after his injury was thus not a surprise.
His performance must have come as one. Alright he was never going to be at his best so soon after his layoff, but his actual display was staggeringly ineffective. He didn't use the ball well in attack and actively turned it over to Bournemouth in a great area, with his backpass being the prime pass in the move that led to Bournemouth's first goal.
The veteran defender has been superb for Everton since Allardyce took charge, but against Bournemouth he looked like he was feeling the fatigue of the Christmas period.
Jagielka was second to almost everything against Bournemouth, and positionally was all over the place. He struggled the most once Benik Afobe came on, being unable to cope with the former Arsenal man in attack and defence.
To cap things off, it was his half-hearted lunge, with his back-turned no less, at Ryan Fraser's shot that saw it deflected up and over Jordan Pickford into the back of Everton's net, condemning them to defeat.
With Idrissa Gueye putting in a dynamic display, Morgan Schneiderlin looked even more ordinary than he usually does. Schneiderlin absolutely has talent but he couldn't bring any of it to the fore against Bournemouth. The Everton man was as permeable as wet tissue and part of the reason Phil Jagielka and the Everton defence was so exposed to constant pressure.
Everton are not the most creative side, but what little they manage to conjure up usually comes from Gylfi Sigurdsson. But against Bournemouth, Gylfi was largely useless. The only exception was on Everton's goal and that simple pass into Oumar Niasse was only possible because Bournemouth's Simon Francis literally passed the ball straight to him.
Not the best afternoon for Gylfi.
Jonjoe Kenny has been great for Everton, and he will go on to be great for Everton. He's been so good that Seamus Coleman is going to have a huge fight on his hands getting his spot back.
But in terms of his game against Bournemouth, Kenny was awful. For the first goal was caught way upfield and then despite seeing Ryan Fraser race by him, Kenny is at best jogging back towards his own goal. This ended up with Fraser being free to score the first.
Then later in the second half, Bournemouth centre-back Adam Smith was driving out of defence and once again Kenny was caught up-field. He managed to get back and put a tackle in but it was so ineffective, Smith shook it off and played in Fraser who rattled home his side's winner, condemning Everton to defeat.
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